Cory Schneider is the only NHL goaltender to started all of his team’s games this year, despite his rough season.
Schneider, who has never started more than 43 games in a season, had struggled the previous three games with a 4.55 goals against average. Then, he allowed just one goal on 24 shots against the Wild on Tuesday.
“It was hugely important for everybody (to get the win),” Schneider said, according to the Devils’ website. “I knew I needed to be better. That’s how I need to play every single night so hopefully it launches us forward and we can get back to our wining hockey ways.”
He was replaced after allowing five goals on 26 shots in last month’s meeting. Schneider yielded one goal in each of his previous three starts against the Capitals.
In 16 games overall, Schneider has a .904 save percentage (43 goals on 493 shots) and a 2.86 goals against average. Among qualified goalies, his GAA is 31st best in the NHL. His save percentage is 32nd best.
Recap: The Devils got back to .500 (7-7-2) and ended a four-game losing streak Tuesday by beating Minnesota at the Prudential Center.
Need to Know: Tuomo Ruutu and Michael Cammalleri scored second-period goals for the Devils and Travis Zajac’s empty-netter with 38 seconds left clinched it. Cammalleri hit the post twice.
Cory Schneider had 23 saves. His only blemish was allowing a shorthanded goal 5:24 into the third period; the Devils were 4-for-4 killing penalties.
Jaromir Jagr (two assists) was the first star. He is stil one goal from passing Mike Gartner for sole possession of sixth on the NHL’s all-time list (708).
Former Devils captain Zach Parise, who sustained a concussion last week against Pittsburgh, did not play for Minnesota.
Devils captain Bryce Salvador (lower-body injury) was out and was replaced by Seth Helgeson, who came up from Albany and made his NHL debut.
Also on Devils injury list: C Adam Henrique (lower body), LW Ryan Clowe (hit to the head) and D Jon Merrill (arm). LW Martin Havlat returned after missing nine games with a lower-body injury.
Links: AP recap | Box Score
What’s Next: The Devils visit Washington Friday at 7 p.m.
Recap: The Devils (6-7-2) lost to the Bruins on Monday night in Boston.
Need to Know: The Devils took a 1-0 lead a bit over a minute into the game, when Travis Zajac (assisted by Michael Cammalleri and Andy Greene) put one past Tuukka Rask. Midway through the first period, a power play goal by Carl Soderberg knotted the game, 1-1. A bit later on, Patrice Bergeron scored unassisted to put Boston up 2-1.
With 13 minutes gone by in the second period, Jaromir Jagr beat Rask to draw the Devils even, 2-2.
The Bruins score twice with less than two minutes remaining in the second to take a 4-2 lead. First, Seth Griffin tallied a highlight-reel goal. A minute and 20 seconds later, Reilly Smith found the back of the net to pad Boston’s lead.
The Devils applied some solid pressure in the offensive zone in the third period, but were unable to capitalize.
Links: AP recap | Box Score
What’s Next: The Devils return home to play the Wild on Tuesday night at 7:00.
The Devils have sent forward Mike Sislo back to Albany (AHL affiliate).
Sislo was recalled just two days ago after forward Adam Henrique suffered what was being called a “lower body” injury. Henrique was listed as day-to-day and Sislo was to fill in during his absence (Chere, Nov. 6).
Recap: The Devils fell to the Red Wings 4-2 on Friday night.
Need to Know: The Devils started off the scoring with a goal from Steve Bernier, assisted by Bryce Salvador and Stephen Gionta.
The Red Wings answered back with two goals in the first period to take the lead, and two more in the second period.
New Jersey got a goal from Jordin Tootoo, assisted by Marek Zidlicky.
Cory Schneider made 20 saves on 24 shots and was pulled from the game after 40 minutes. Keith Kincaid made seven saves on seven shots over 16:50.
Links: Recap | Box Score
What’s Next: The Devils play at the Bruins on Monday night.
After a good start to the season, the Devils are struggling.
Here are some sobering tidbits:
- New Jersey started the season 3-0-0 on the road, but now have lose three of four.
- They’ve scored three goals or fewer in 11 consecutive games — home or away. They’re 3-5-2 in their last 10 games.
- They also have the league’s worst penalty kill, allowed 18 goals on 54 power plays. No other team has allowed more than 13 goals.
- Devils scoring leader Adam Henrique, who had three goals in last season’s series, missed Thursday’s game with a lower-body injury.
Overall, recently, the Devils are fighting to keep their heads above water.
The Devils have placed Jon Merrill on injured reserve, retroactive to November 1.
Merrill was slashed on the arm last week and did not travel with the team on their road trip.
X-rays were negative.